August 20, 2014
The episode opens up with David helping his younger brother, Ricky, tighten up his boxing skills for the upcoming Boy Scout boxing match. Ozzie and Harriet join the boys in the living room, where Ozzie begins to reminisce his days as a boxer. Harriet asks the boys to clear out the living room and move into the garage. When Ozzie follows the boys to the garage, he runs into a closed door. This causes Ozzie's eye to swell, which turns out to be one of many injuries to come. Ozzie's next door neighbor, Thorny, points out the swollen eye when they see each other outside. This conversation soon snowballs into a showcase of their boxing skills, which eventually leads to Thorny accidentally hitting Ozzie's lip. Ozzie goes inside only to be greeted by his sons, David and Ricky. After seeing Ozzie's busted lip, Ricky proposes that Ozzie and Thorny "put on the gloves" at the Boy Scout Rally. Ozzie begins to train for the match with Emmy Lou. During their training session, Emmy hits Ozzie in the nose and it begins to bleed. Ozzie retreats inside and talks to Harriet about the upcoming fight. She advices him to "chicken out" of the fight. However, Ozzie's pride does not allow him to do this. Thorny knocks on the front door and interrupts Ozzie and Harriet. Thorny and Ozzie then have a conversation in his living room, where Ozzie finds out what Ricky really meant by "put on the gloves". Thorny informs him that Ricky was actually just asking Thorny and Ozzie to literally put the gloves on the childrens' hands, not for Thorny and Ozzie to fight between themselves. The episode concludes with Ozzie and Harriet having a conversation in their bedroom and then going to sleep.
On May 15, 1953, "The Boxing Matches" aired as episode 33 of season 1 in the series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was an American Sitcom that aired from October 3, 1952 to September 3, 1966 on ABC. The series' fourteen season run makes it one of the longest running shows in American television history. The show based itself around the home life of the Nelson family. The characters of the Nelson Family were played by the real Nelson family members and many of the story lines were inspired by their real everyday life. The set design was modeled after the interior of the real life Nelson family's home and shots of house's exterior were used in the show. The series overall demonstrated the dynamic of a nuclear American family.
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet originally started out as a radio program (October 8, 1944 to June 18, 1954) and then shifted into a television show, directed by Ozzie Nelson. During this program's transition, there was a period of time when it was featured on both radio and television. The radio show switched between the companies NBC, CBS, and finally ABC. The television show was produced through the companies Stage Five Production and Volcano Productions. Sponsors of the show included Listerine, H.J. Heinz Company, and the International Silver Company. The time slot of the program had much variation throughout the life of the series. However, the episode times were consistently in a prime-time television slot. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was the first prime-time scripted series to run for 10 years. Even before the show aired on television, Ozzie Nelson had worked out a 10-year contract with ABC, through which he would be paid whether or not the show got cancelled. The show's success allowed them to continue production beyond the 10 years. However in the mid 60s, the American audience began to perceive the nuclear family structure of the Nelsons to be outdated. Ozzie Nelson began making changes to the cast to try to appeal to a younger audience, but the show still did not see the same ratings as it did in its earlier seasons and eventually ended on September 3, 1966.